United States Men's National Team

CONCACAF Gold Cup

USMNT players young and old relishing 'huge' Gold Cup final

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The 2015 Gold Cup did not go as planned for the U.S. Men's National Team. Missing out on the final for the first time since 2003 and finishing in fourth place surely did not sit well with the squad.

Fast forward two years and much has changed in and around the USMNT.

Footy On The Telly

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This week, Footy never sleeps. The Union must win (twice), and USMNT must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels).

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Omar Gonzalez

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After a rocky start to the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup quarterfinal match against El Salvador, Omar Gonzalez stepped up to save the day.

The 28-year old Pachuca defender scored his second goal in as many matches on Wednesday night, using his head to finish off a Michael Bradley free kick in the 41st minute to give the USMNT a much-needed 1-0 lead.

USMNT overcomes rocky start to top El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinal

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It was a match loaded with plenty of shenanigans and rollercoaster moments, but the U.S. Men's National Team ended up taking care of business against El Salvador in Wednesday night's Gold Cup quarterfinal.

Behind goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, the U.

Miazga shakes off preseason rust by scoring first USMNT goal

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Miazga was happy to get back on the pitch.

"The goal was a little added bonus," he chuckled after Saturday's 3-0 win over Nicaragua.

It was Miazga's first game action in over two months and he was eager to shake off the rust. He was admittedly in "preseason mode," but he certainly helped out by scoring the goal that put the USMNT on top of Group B and into the Gold Cup quarterfinals with a favorable matchup against El Salvador.

Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore lead USMNT Gold Cup replacements

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In his quest to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to Gold Cup glory, head coach Bruce Arena is set to call in the big guns.

Usual starting goalkeeper Tim Howard will be joined by Toronto FC vets Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore on the official roster once the USMNT completes its final group stage match against Nicaragua on Saturday, Goal reports.

Gold Cup

Gold Cup: Costa Rica 0 – USMNT 2

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The USMNT booked their spot in the 2017 Gold Cup final with a key substitution and a regular putting the ball into the back of the net. A scoreless first-half saw the USMNT with the bulk of possession but nothing to show for it. Costa Rica had their chances in the second-half, pushing the USMNT for a response.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

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First off, please forgive my silence that past week or so - been battling a lovely case of acute tonsillitis and trying to avoid surgery. Now to tonight's man event a ka the "ish gets real" semifinal match against a nearly-full strength Ticos side. We have a few back line changes and a couple on the flanks.

Fixing the Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is the premier competition for CONCACAF supremacy. It does little to further the US Men's National Team's international agenda, however, and getting "results" in the competition have little impact results in subsequent World Cups.

Worst Gold Cup ever?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Like many readers, your correspondent has grown up in a sustained era of soccer's growth in North America. Every year the game grows bigger and more popular than the last, it seems, leading us to take for granted that the future will be brighter than the past.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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Just days after a Gold Cup quarterfinal that had a tournament's worth of nonsense, the U.S. Men's National Team is faced with a major step up in competition with a spot in the tournament final on the line.

After toppling a hungry El Salvador team, 2-0, the USMNT moves on to face Costa Rica on Saturday in the Gold Cup semifinal.

Match report: USMNT 2-0 El Salvador

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Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj were on target as the USMNT outlasted El Salvador on a hot night at the Linc.

Gold Cup: USMNT 2 – El Salvador 0

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The USMNT and El Salvador met in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field. Considering the stakes, the game developed as expected. The USMNT needed goalkeeper Tim Howard to come up big early on, stopping an El Salvador breakaway after a defensive slip. Both teams had chances, but it was the USMNT capitalizing.

Your USMNT LIne-Up v El Salvador

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Considering the way our man Deuce likes to drop deep for the ball and run off Jozy Altidore, I suppose we're back in a 4-2-3-1 (and that goes even if it's intended to be the empty bucket). You'll hear no gripes with the XI from me. Tonight, I think we'll finally get the comfy win we've all been waiting on.

USMNT vs. El Salvador: Live Commentary

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The Gold Cup knockout stages are here for the U.S. Men's National Team, and Bruce Arena has deployed the big guns for Wednesday's quarterfinal match.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe join the USMNT lineup for Wednesday's quarterfinal match against El Salvador.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette

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New podcast previewing the Union's match in Montreal as well as the USMNT's Gold Cup match in Philadelphia.

USMNT confident ahead of knockout round opener against El Salvador

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If the U.S. Men's National Team isn't the Gold Cup favorite, they're certainly one of them. The U.S. is always among CONCACAF's most talented teams and, in this weakened Gold Cup, the current group assembled by Bruce Arena is probably the strongest among the tournament's eight remaining teams.

Preview: USMNT vs El Salvador

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The big story going into the USMNT's Gold Cup quarterfinal against El Salvador is the changes to the roster. USMNT coach Bruce Arena made all six, bringing in experience and familiarity to navigate the knockout rounds. Mexico made none, setting up this tournament as a test for the 23 players they didn't take to the Confederations Cup.

A look back at the Gold Cup performances for six departing USMNT players

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Six new faces have been brought into the U.S. Men's National Team to begin the push through the Gold Cup knockout stages. With their selections, though, the tournament has officially ended for six members of the USMNT's group stage team.

Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Dom Dwyer, Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan and Sean Johnson have officially left the USMNT squad, ending their Gold Cup run.

Arena makes his knockouts swaps

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So Bruce Arena took advantage of all six roster changes allowed ahead of the quarterfinals. In: Tim Howard, Jesse Gonzalez, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey Out: Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer There were a few surprises, and they were all in the out group.

Matt Miazga's late goal seals first place in Gold Cup group stage

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CLEVELAND — The U.S. Men's National team needed a big win to secure first place in its Gold Cup group, and avoid a brutal quarterfinal draw, and the Americans delivered in dramatic fashion.

Goals from Joe Corona, Kelyn Rowe, and Matt Miazga gave the USMNT a 3-0 victory it needed to overtake Panama for the top spot in Group B.

Rowe Scores in Win Over Nicaragua

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Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored his first international goal to aid the United States in their 3-0 win over Nicaragua in Saturday's Group B finale of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Cleveland, Ohio.

Rowe, who earned his first U.S. cap earlier this month, tallied in the 56th minute on short pass from Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya inside the box.

Gold Cup: Nicaragua 0 – USMNT 3

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The USMNT played Nicaragua for the first time on Saturday in Cleveland, needing goals to win group B at the 2017 Gold Cup. Panama's 3-0 shutout of Martinique in the early game meant the USMNT started knowing they would need the three points and three goals to take 1st-place. They got it, but it wasn't easy.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Nicaragua

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Can't say for sure, but it seems as though we are switching to a 4-3-3. What I can promise is that it's time for a cruise. There's no reason we should be biting nails toward the end of this one.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Nicaragua

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With the U.S. Men's National Team currently atop Group B heading into the final match-day of the group stage, a win or draw will guarantee their advancement.

The USMNT will now take on Nicaragua, currently sitting at the bottom of the group with two losses. While the Americans will be expected to win handily, things have proved to be more difficult than expected through their first two matches.

Preview: Nicaragua vs USMNT

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Nicaragua is technically the home team in the Group B finale against the USMNT on Saturday (7pm ET - FXX and Univision). That's probably not much of an advantage at an NFL stadium in Cleveland. The USMNT sits top of the Group B table on a tiebreaker over Panama, looking to enter the knockout round as group winners.

The Gold Cup approach creates a perception issue for the USMNT

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena and the United States Men's National Team wanted two things from the 2017 Gold Cup. An opportunity to evaluate a group of players not already established in the program who might be able to help the team with depth in Russia next year.

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USMNT vs. Costa Rica: Live Commentary

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Just one step away from the Gold Cup final, the U.S. Men's National Team faces off with a familiar CONCACAF powerhouse in Saturday's semifinal.

The USMNT takes on Costa Rica on Saturday with a spot in the Gold Cup finale on the line. The U.S.

USMNT ready for toughest Gold Cup test yet against Costa Rica

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The U.S. Men's National Team remembers the last match against Costa Rica. In some ways, it feels like ages ago, even if it's been just a few short months since the 4-0 battering in San Jose. It was Jurgen Klinsmann's swan-song, the end of an era and the start of a new one right as World Cup qualifying got into a real swing.

USMNT Notes: Altidore-Dempsey partnership, Bradley praises Acosta and more

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Clint Dempsey remains just one goal away from the USMNT goalscoring record. Jozy Altidore has been his partner many times throughout the forward's journey to the top of the USMNT charts, and the two are set to reunite again throughout the Gold Cup's knockout rounds.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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With several U.S. Men's National Team stars now at his disposal, Bruce Arena has plenty of options to mix and match his lineup heading into the first match of the knockout stage.

The USMNT successfully navigated the group stage with Arena's experimental roster, and that roster blends with a crop of USMNT veterans beginning with Wednesday's quarterfinal against El Salvador.

Gonzalez 'not likely' to play as USMNT pursues Gold Cup title

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Jesse Gonzalez has Jesse Gonzalez has the potential to be a strong U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper. Given the experience and skill-set he's displayed at just 22 years old, it's easy to see that the future is bright for the FC Dallas goalkeeper.

That future, though, is unlikely to includes any USMNT appearances over the next few weeks.

Jesse Gonzalez among 6 players added to USMNT roster

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Bruce Arena has made his six roster changes.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez were all added to the U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup roster on Sunday.

Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer were sent back to their respective sides to make room.

USMNT look for sharpness against Nicaragua

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Bruce Arena and the USMNT have a chance to finish the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage strong against Nicaragua after turning in two underwhelming performances against Panama and Martinique.

"Game one was not our best game, but give Panama credit as well, and the same to Martinique," said Bruce Arena at a press conference Friday, "But I think we've made progress and we're headed in the right direction.

The USMNT and the highs and lows of experimentation

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Most likely, the USMNT won't look back particularly fondly on Wednesday's 3-2 Gold Cup win over Martinique. The underdogs roared, while the favorites fumbled, forced to sweat out a result that most expected to be a one-sided victory.

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USMNT 2, Costa Rica 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Saturday might have been the best performance of Bruce Arena's most recent tenure. Facing the toughest test of this ongoing Gold Cup run, the U.S. Men's National Team shined from top to bottom continuing a recent hot streak with what seemed like the team's first truly good performance.

I guess we needed the safe word.

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Was it just me or was the USMNT's win over El Salvador like attending some strange fetish party? I've never seen such a coordinated team effort to be freakin' bizarre. And then there's Tim Howard's facetious take (courtesy of Ives Galarcep): Don't give 'em any ideas, Tim. - Greg Seltzer

Fans’ View: The time is now

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As the rest of the city's sports teams are patiently stacking up for the future, the Union are in a unique position to grab the attention of starving Philly sports fans.

Updated Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 13

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A quick update on Gold Cup projections with two matches per team completed

Morris takes step forward in fierce battle on USMNT forward depth chart

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No position has been under the microscope more in the last few weeks than forward when it comes to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Dom Dwyer took the international scene by storm by scoring a goal in each of his first two games against Ghana and Panama. On Wednesday night, Jordan Morris raised the level of competition even higher with a two-goal performance in the team's 3-2 win over Martinique.